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Thinking about eating

I ate a lot of sugar and flour yesterday. Thinking about it today has made me realize that I'm still not taking my diet seriously enough.

Oh, it's better than it was: I'm eating salads for lunch most of the time, and avoiding grains. And I'm keeping to my resolution/commitment to be completely truthful about everything I eat. I'm recording it on MyFitnessPal, which is a bit slow and has fewer features than its mobile counterpart, but which is very helpful. And I'm taking a few walks and a lot of stairs, in accordance with my trainer's advice.

I know that I shouldn't make the perfect the enemy of the good, and that I've made some real strides. I'm applying my brain to overcoming obstacles and keeping a more-than-usually open mind. In the words of Julia Cameron, "I am open to a solution I cannot now foresee."

I guess - if my goal is to solve problems and remove obstacles rather than castigate myself - I need to turn my thoughts to "how to slowly become more strict in how I follow this diet". (Using "diet" as shorthand for "consciously-chosen plan for eating and drinking".)

I think, for one thing, that the diet soda has to go. I am dependent on it, I get through it quickly, and it's a wholly artificial product that, at best, might not be doing me any harm.

And, though it's going to take me a while to get there, I need to develop a habit of snacking on vegetables. My go-to food for snacks is cheese, and it works, but you'd be hard put to find an authority of any stripe (except perhaps for the late Dr. Atkins) who would tell you to build your diet around it.

I am not entirely sure what I *am* supposed to be building my diet around - protein? Green vegetables? - but I'm pretty sure that my skyrocketing fat consumption counts as Doing It Wrong.

But the hard thing to give up will be my Late Morning "Everything" Bagel. I will mourn that bagel. I will regret the loss of that bagel very much.

And so I go gently into Friday evening. Baby steps, NP. Baby steps.


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Oct. 4th, 2014 02:32 am (UTC)
Honstly, I found the hardest part of dieting not the portion control, but training myself into good habits, or at least into ones that weren't as bad as before. It takes time and willpower to do this, but I found that not only did I eventually get used to some of the new habits -- like keeping a big bowl of cut-up melon in the fridge for snacking on instead of cheese or granola bars -- I started to notice when I wasn't following through on the habits, because they were, you know, habits by then.

I think only you and maybe your physician can figure out what kind of diet is best for you. I have one friend who does very well on Atkins, but the meat and fat focus would drive me nuts. (Even though I could eat cheese all day long.) I try for a mostly vegetable/whole grain, less animal protein diet myself, and it seems to work for me, but I don't think any one diet is perfect for everyone.

"Baby steps" is the right attitude, though. Small changes are easier to adapt to than massive ones. Whatever you do, good luck!
Oct. 5th, 2014 05:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much! It really didn't occur to me until quite recently that I was going to have to use all my ingenuity to come up with a system to get where I wanted. That no matter how persuaded I was that eating better was a good idea, nothing was going to spontaneously happen while my back was turned. I was going to have to do things I didn't want to do, get uncomfortable, and really THINK about how to make changes.

And I was going to trip and fall and have to learn from it. If, as happened this week, I get tripped up by Kroger putting a big pile of pound boxes of "Nordic" candy fish in the middle of the health food section (how can they live with themselves??), well, now I know I can't let my guard down anywhere in there. Good thing to know.

I read a very interesting thing (in the surprisingly useful and original Twenty Awesome Productivity Tricks Anyone Can Use) that said to create systems, not set goals. Or perhaps to make your goal the system rather than a specific achievement. I think there's a lot of power in this idea.
Oct. 5th, 2014 07:36 pm (UTC)
Hey, Swedish fish are a low-fat food! That totally makes them healthy, right?

Thanks for the pointer to that productivity slideshow! There are some good tips there -- some I'm already doing, but many I'm not and should be.
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